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Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update Through December 31, 2013

January 1 – December 31, 2013
(Posted January 17, 2014)

Below are the preliminary landings estimates in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) dressed weight (dw) for the Atlantic shark commercial fisheries.  These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through December 31, 2013.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2013 shark research fishery participants. 

Management Groups

Region

2013 Quota *

Estimated Landings in 2013

% of 2013 Quota

2012 Landings During The Same Time Period

Blacktip Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

256.6 mt dw
(565,700 lb dw)

239.4 mt dw
(527,861 lb dw)
Closed 1

93%

378.9 mt dw
(835,386 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

157.5 mt dw
(347,317 lb dw)

163.8 mt dw
(361,214 lb dw)
Closed 2

104%

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

10.5 mt dw
(23,212 lb dw
Closed 2

42%

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

168.9 mt dw
(372,552 lb dw)

155.0 mt dw
(341,669 lb dw)
Closed 4

92%

146.8 mt dw
(323,614 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736 lb dw)

13.4 mt dw
(29,454 lb dw)
Closed 4

49%

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

No regional quotas

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

 21.2 mt dw
(46,716 lb dw)

42%

16.3 mt dw
(35,911 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw
(257,056 lb dw)

37.0 mt dw
(81,628 lb dw)

32%

30.9 mt dw
(68,212 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

135.7 mt dw
(299,075 lb dw) 3

89.3 mt dw
(196,783 lb dw)

66%

289.4 mt dw
(638,010 lb dw)

Atlantic

193.5 mt d
(426,570 lb dw) 3

108.8 mt dw
(239,807 lb dw
Closed 4

56%

Blacknose Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

2.0 mt dw
(4,513 lb dw)

1.5 mt dw
(3,319 lb dw)

74%

23.4 mt dw

(51,614 lb dw)

Atlantic

18.0 mt dw
(39,749 lb dw)

15.1 mt dw
(33,382 lb dw)
Closed 4

84%

Blue Sharks

No regional quotas

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

4.4 mt dw
(9,767 lb dw)

2%

8.9 mt dw
(19,642 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

Closed for 2013

< 1 mt dw
(54 lb dw)

< 1%

1.9 mt dw
(4,199 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488 mt dw
(1,075,856 lb dw)

113.5 mt dw
(250,138 lb dw)

23%

135.7 mt dw
(299,227 lb dw)

*The 2013 quotas were from the final rule implementing Amendment 5a to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (78 FR 40318; July 3, 2013).

1 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on July 7, 2013 (78 FR 40318).
2 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on July 17, 2013 (78 FR 42021).
3 Transfer of non-blacknose SCS quota from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico region on September 2, 2013 (78 FR 54195).
4 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on September 30, 2013 (78 FR 59878).

This notice is a courtesy to the HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  For further information on this landings update or the closure, contact Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Guý DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  The information will also be posted on the HMS website at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms.

 

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